happy 4th

I posted a quickie version of this photo on July 4th, but here’s the real post. I’m not big on decorating. I just don’t have the decorator’s touch. So I wanted to find a recipe that would make it easy for me, with a white frosting I could color for a patriotic theme. And since I’m not a huge fan of cupcakes, I had to find a recipe that would really impress. Flo Braker’s amazing Baking for All Occasions came to my rescue with Classic Butter Cake Cupcakes with White Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting.

Flo’s recipes may seem a little complicated at first. It’s just because she really likes to spell things out. Follow her techniques to the letter and you’re going to get just about the lightest, most perfect cupcakes possible. I have tried cupcakes all around NYC, and they never have flawless texture like these. Just try and resist eating them all straight out of the pan. And so when Flo says to add 4 eggs a tablespoon at a time to the batter, she says it for a reason. (P.S. I baked mine a little smaller than the recipe specifies.)

The frosting is both simple and tricky. After you carefully melt the white chocolate in a bowl over hot water, you combine it with sour cream. If the sour cream is not at the same temperature as the chocolate, then you’ll have some seizing. I was a bit off and tried to save my frosting by warming everything together briefly in the microwave (Flo is cringing if she’s reading this…) but I still got just a little bit of unevenness in my frosting. You can’t tell in the white ones, but it shows up in the red. But you’re not going to care about that very much once you taste the sweet and lightly tangy frosting. It’s a real treat and guests are bound to ask you how you made it. If you’ve got patience, this recipe is a winner.

30 thoughts on “happy 4th

  1. peachkins: thankssteph: thanks so much. hope you got to see the real post.ninette: thankscynthia: definitelymurasaki: thanks. i'd definitely save you one.maybelles mom: thankstaste traveller: thanks so much. i did have a great weekendjoanne: thanks, hope you had a good one toom*: someday i'll try making macarons. thanks for visitingungourmet: thanks so muchparita: thanks!

  2. I've added Flo Braker's book to my amazon wishlist! I'm not a huge fan of cupcakes either but these sound delectable, especially with the white chocolate/sour cream frosting. Thanks!

  3. What an interesting frosting- I'm extremely interested in how that would taste. Must try it out!Hope you had a great 4th of July!!!

  4. Great cupcakes. I can't tell you how often I've looked at that recipe, contemplating whether or not to make it. I've tried several recipes from Flo Braker's "Baking For All Occasions" and they were all winners. I love her meticulous instructions. You're right. If you follow them closely, you'll have success every time.

  5. barbara: it's a good onearuna: thankskoko: thanks, it's definitely worth tryinghanaa: yeah, I understand. it worked for me because I had everything in the kitchen to make them, otherwise I might have had second thoughts…little miss baker: thanks, I did

  6. Looks like everybody has some trouble with the frosting…Cupcakes are big in Europe too now, it's sort of recent. At the beginning they were quite tame, but now they follow the very colourful american trend!

  7. Funny enough somebody else told me they'd had trouble with the frosting recently!Cupcakes did not exist in Europe until recently, it's taken off quite badly though! At the beginning they were tame (Europeans are not big fans of colourants) but recently it's gone very colourful, following the american trend!Hope you had a great Independance day (I've missed the French equivalent -14 July, that you call Bastille day -) since I live in Britain, there was no celebration of it this year 😦

  8. lorraine: thanks for visitingchristelle: it's a tricky frosting, but worth it. i'm not surprised to hear the cupcake trend has taken off in europe

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